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The one thing you need to do to quit smoking


Singer Jamelia struck a cord last week when, at a TV program, she talked about quitting smoking. She said that to her it was really simple, and that “if you don’t want to do something, don’t do it”.

In order to smoke people have to think  about it, think of  a shop where they sell tobacco, go there, buy it, find a place where they can smoke it, open it, take it, hold it light it, suck it, taste it, inhale it, swallow it, find a place to put it off, put it off…

It takes a lot of effort, time and money to smoke.

To quit, all you have to you is… NOTHING.

Getting in shape, for example, requires a lot of effort and preparation.

To quit smoking, all you have to do is absolutely nothing. None of the above.

How do you do this?

Well, decisions define who you are. You make decisions every moment of your life, so, you define yourself every single moment.

The trick is in asking yourself the right questions.

Are you interested in having the quality of your life be better?

Some of my clients compare cigarettes to a good friend. But, would a good friend kill you? Would a good friend torture you for years so you die a slow painful death?

Some tell me they smoke because they are bored, stressed out, because they want to fit in, because they think it will keep them slim…

Others give me the excuse of a night out. But, does that mean every one else who doesn’t smoke stay home on a Saturday night?

And, if your best friend beat someone on a Saturday night out and said “well, I was drunk so… I couldn’t help it”, would you accept it as an excuse?

You might be thinking, well, Anna , you can’t compare, it is not the same thing, yada yada…

It is only when you have quit making excuses for yourself, and You’ve made the decision to quit smoking that you’ll start to think differently about it.

In fact, it is so easy to quit, it takes my clients just one session.

See, we all have choices. You can choose to spend your future in a hospital bed, spend your money in treatments, procedures, medecins, pain relief, an early tombstone…

Or, you can choose to quit now, and live the future you really want to live.


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Cigarettes – give them up without putting on weight


If you are a smoker and are worried that you will put on weight when you quit,  you don’t have to worry any more.  Putting on weight is one of the many misconceptions about what will happen once you have stopped smoking.

There are only 2 reasons why you should put on weight after you have quit smoking:

1 – If you wanted to put on weight

2 – If you needed to put on weight

Let me explain the latter. If you have been skipping meals or using cigarettes as  appetite suppressants… then what do you expect to happen when you quit, and start eating properly again?

What happens to people who crash diet? They tend to quickly put all the weight back on, and then some more. The same thing can happen when you quit smoking.

The good news is you can avoid this when you discover how your body works and start to respect its rules.

Your body is a supremely intelligent machine with an innate ability to get what it needs for optimal function: regular intake of nutritious foods and fluids.

If you deprive your body of these, you will gain more weight in the long run.

Because when you decide that you will start eating again, which does happen sooner or later, your body will take every single calorie you ingest and store it as fat.

So, here is what I recommend my clients and what you can begin to do too: instead of waiting until you have already decided to quit smoking, now you can start to counteract some of the harm you have caused your body.

Research shows that when you eat 5 to 6 small healthy meals a day you speed up your metabolism, which in turn helps you burn more fat. Introduce 3 to 4 exercise sessions a week (make sure you get out of breath) and you are well on your way to a healthier, leaner you.

Not only will you stay in shape after you’ve quit cigarettes, but you will start to think and feel differently about yourself too.

Some of the amazing presents your body gives you as a thank you for treating it right are: increased clarity and focus, stress reduction, no cravings, better sleep, improved breathing, more energy, reduced cellulite, healthier skin…

Treat your body like the most valuable possession you have. Because it is.